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A Bad Day For Voodoo

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  649 ratings  ·  161 reviews
When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, "Trust me. This is gonna be awesome."

Of course, you probably wouldn't believe a voodoo doll could work either. Or that it could cause someone's leg to blow clean off with one quick prick. But I've seen it. It can happen.

And when there's suddenly a doll of YOU floating ar
Paperback, 252 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Sourcebooks (first published February 1st 2012)
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Jeff Strand has the perfect blend of sarcasm, comedy, and action to make even a Young Adult book a compelling read for adults. A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO had me--quite literally--laughing out loud over several scenes (especially one involving a Rottweiler).

The story begins with a teacher unfairly giving Tyler an F on a test that he actually aced. his best friend, Adam, has a "brilliant" idea for revenge--a voodoo doll of the teacher, Mr. Click. Unfortunately, his plan works all too well....
Iain Grant
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me: I heard you snort with laughter five times while reading this book. Was it funny?
My daughter, Kate (14): Yes. It was silly and crazy. People being chased by zombie History teachers is crazy. It also features a voodoo doll and a family of cannibals.
Me: Cannibals?
Kate: Yeah. They kill people in human sacrifices. And then eat them.
Me: So it's a horror story?
Kate: Yeah. I suppose. It wasn't scary horror. It was more funny than scary. There were great characters like Adam, the main character's be
Terri Garey
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tired of all the angst and introspection in Young Adult fiction these days? Wanna see teenagers reading about something other than wizards and vampires, and maybe even hear them laugh out loud while they do it? (WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS)

In A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO, Tyler Churchill is a typical teenager who makes the mistake of believing that sticking a pin into a voodoo doll is a harmless way to get revenge for an undeserved F. Unfortunately, the friend who gave him the doll is a serio
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some people will not be charmed by the meta of this book. But I was.
The character talks to the camera a lot, even taking a break from the story at one point to insert some stuff "in case you're reading this book for school." And he's definitely riding the line of obnoxious, but I came around.

This is an over-the-top book. Goofy. Ridiculous.
And violent things happen. A lot. For laughs.

Be prepared for this book.

Luckily, I was looking for something hilarious and snarky to fill a genre hole in my
Todd Russell
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, ya-horror
I've been on a Jeff Strand reading binge this year and this was the first story he's written that didn't work at all for me. The author has an outstanding talent for mixing macabre with humor, something that's very difficult to do well. Here he finally misses more than he hits with the laughs, which is very much not the norm for this excellent author. Reading this story is like seeing a great comedian on a really off night.

I liked that the story starts out with a somewhat unique take on a voodoo
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three Stars: A bizarre, humorous slapstick book that will make you laugh and scratch your head.

Tyler after studying for days gets an F on his test. When he confronts his teacher, Mr. Click, he is told that he had the exact same answers as Donny. Despite Tyler's protests, Mr. Click informs him that he is a cheater. Tyler vents his frustrations to his best friend Adam. Adam tells him to hang tight, he has a solution. A few days later, Adam presents Tyler with a voodoo doll of Mr. Click. Tyler does
Carl Alves
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Bad Day for Voodoo is an absolute masterpiece. Having already read Jeff Strand in the past, I was already a fan, but this surpassed anything I have ever read from him. The story mostly takes place in one day, a very bad day for Tyler, a teen living in Florida. It starts off with one innocuous decision when his best friend gets a voodoo doll of their teacher Mr. Click. When Tyler sticks a pin in the doll's legs, Mr. Click's legs fly apart and start gushing blood. As if that wasn't bad enough, T ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually I run from YA novels as they seem to be mostly...well YA, but I tried to go into this book a bit more open-minded because I am a big fan of Jeff Strand. I was not disappointed. Obviously, it was intended for a younger middle school audience, but I thought it was put together well and was a quick and enjoyable read – utterly Strand. I would recommend this book to all YA’s out there who like their horror mixed with ample amounts of humor and for us “older readers” who just want to read som ...more
Ryan Hixson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: uno2019, sourcebooks
Wow is a word for A Bad Day For Voodoo, this is my 2nd Jeff Strand book, so I thought I was prepared for by how bonkers it could get, but I was wrong. This book takes any story you have read with voodoo dolls to a whole new level. These voodoo dolls are super charged when a pin pricks it the orifice explodes in bloody fashion. Every character is slightly deranged. This book like the excellent Wolf Hunt is written like movie, the pace is so fast you should have a popcorn in hand. This story remin ...more
Nick Cato
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tyler and his friend Adam are high school sophomores. Adam plans a way for them to get even with their strict history teacher, Mr. Click: he buys a voodoo doll, and despite Tyler being skeptical, things go overboard when they stick a pin in the doll's leg (during class) and Mr. Click's leg blows off and turns the classroom into a gruesome blood bath. Afraid Tyler will rat him out, Adam buys a voodoo doll of Tyler for insurance, but it gets stolen, sending our two buddies and Tyler's cute but tou ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Jeff Strand is a genuinely funny guy and I was in a mood for a genuinely funny book. Expectations adjusted accordingly for a PG rated sort of entertainment, this was plenty entertaining indeed. Anyone expecting traditional Strand fare might be somewhat disappointed, this is very much a YA novel. Very light reading, but perfectly decent amusing way to spend a couple hours.
Jenni DaVinCat
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jeff Strand is always a pleasure to read and I always find myself chuckling out loud. This book gave me the same type of satisfaction that I've gotten from all of his other books, so far.

He tends to be a little dark and disturbing, but so very funny on top. He's got a light-hearted humor and most of his characters tend to have the same type of internal monologue that I imagine myself having. The best comparison I have for Jeff Strand's writing is to compare him to Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's
Patricia Kaniasty
Mr. Strand never fails to deliver an excellent read. This one was one of his best. I actually laughed out loud several times. Not too gory but still had a bit of creepiness to it. Love his books!!!!
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, absolutely insane and a lot of fun to read.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, horror
When you went to high school, did you have a teacher that you just didn't like? Actually, hate might be a better word. I know I had one. He was an English teacher, a miserable bastard of an English teacher to be precise. In the case of Jeff Strand's protagonist, Tyler Churchill, he hates his his tenth grade history teacher, Mr. Click. So does Tyler's best friend Adam, to the extent that Adam buys a voodoo doll for Tyler, as a silly act of revenge against their teacher. Just one problem: the vood ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
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This book was absolutely hilarious. I used those little colorful post-it tabs to mark off funny passages and lines throughout the book and by the end there were quite a few of them. This is definitely a fun read and not one to take too seriously.

Voodoo is always an interesting subject but throw in a couple teens and ridiculous shenanigans and it becomes even better. Some of the situations these kids got into had me cracking up. The FAQ's in the very beginning w
Kate (VerbVixen)
Now, I want you to imagine you very worst day ever. Okay, now I’m going to need you to imagine that bad day getting worst by say, ohhh, x1000. That’s what A Bad Day for Voodoo is like; it is that level of bad day.

It is humorous horror, if such a genre exists. There is a frantic pace to the plot and to the dialogue/writing. Both the pace and the story pretty much define action/adventure. Adam is perhaps actually dumber than a rock, while pragmatic and practical Kelley is a good counterbalance fo
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written book that deserves a ton of attention from everyone who likes a good book. These days, so many people don't pay enough attention to young adult books. this is the first one book in a series, and this is a first one I read. I very much hope to read more. Jeff Strand is awesome at expressing his characters' feelings. The main character, Tyler Churchill, has a girlfriend named Kelley. You get the feeling that she is a teacher's pet. Tyler's best friend, Adam, Has a skul ...more
Marge Simon
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the funniest books I’ve ever read! A colleague, Bruce Boston, has said that “Strand is the Robert Sheckley of horror” and I find that quite true. This little novel appeals to readers of all ages, especially the part of you that never quite grew up. Interestingly, there’s even a chapter on how to review his book (as told by narrator Tyler, a seventeen year old) so you’ll get extra credit for your English class. And near the end, Tyler even gets an email from his editor/publisher raving abo ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wish I would have known this was a YA book going in, which may have tempered my extreme disappointment with the effort. I love Strand and his ability to mix humor with horror, but in this book, the humor was corny, way over the top and just not funny, and there was no horror and very few thrills to keep me interested. Each character was more annoying than the next and none of the "villians" were worthy of the title. If you are expecting another Wolf Hunt or Benjamin's Paradise (great mix of hu ...more
Amna Akrm
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one book you should get if you enjoy comedy, it'll have you in rolling in laughter. Amazing language and some of the lines were so funny I wanted to save them.
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YA that is just as fun to read for adults. Humor gets funnier & funnier further into the book you get.
Christie Brown
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a new favorite book! I. absolutely loved this one.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Bad Day for Voodoo is the narrative of a kid named Tyler who accidentally kills his history teacher with a voodoo doll. What makes matters worse is that his crazy friend who gave him the doll in the first place gets scared that Tyler might tell the police what really happened. Naturally, the only way to convince him to keep quiet is by threatening him with a second voodoo doll, only this this time it is a Tyler doll. I could easily impress you by breaking down this novel further, such as menti ...more
Katie Mae
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book for less than a dollar, used, not knowing what it was about. I had decided that it was going to get a good review pretty quickly, but in case my resolve to give a review deflated by the time I finished, the narrator asked me to leave a five-star review and, well, who could deny him after all he had been through?

This book is utterly ridiculous. It had me laughing out loud from the very first chapter. The way it is written is captivating, fun, and entertaining. I am going to tel
Justin Sanders
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book! The writing style was fun which made me want to keep reading the book, it was honestly hard to put down! The plot was nothing like I've ever read before which helped hold my interest. Also the mystery of Voodoo magic has always captured my imagination and was a major reason why I picked this book. I sometimes forgot I was even reading a horror book, until the occasional gory scene popped up. Also the book was self aware, that made it even more fun. Overall this is a good book ...more
Dana Decker
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very fast funny sarcastic enjoyable read. No it wasn't top notch fine literature but it was very funny and cute. I enjoyed a break from the serious books I've been reading. This is about a high school kid, his girlfriend and his best friend who discover what happens when you mess with other peoples lives and what happens if someone messes with yours. A fun and gross at times adventure. Really cute and worth the read.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an outrageous read with a lot of gross humor. It was bizarre, twisted, and at times disgusting. It definitely has an audience, I just don't think I was it.

There were moments that had me laughing out loud, and moments that had me wanting to gag. At times, the meta-fourth wall breaking-was hilarious. Other times it seemed gratuitous.

I liked it, but also recognize that I am not the target audience for this book. And that's okay.

Shawn Cochran
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not a 5/5 I was very entertained and enjoyed the first person account dialogue for sure! And I thought the encounter with the Rottweiler was fantastic lol! Thanks for entertaining me and my husband not just with this book, but with the many others you have written Keep up the great work and look forward to many more! Mary Anne and Shawn

Apparently I can't follow the directions ha ha ha !
I never seem to be able to put stuff where it goes lol
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite book by far. I read a lot but i’ve never read anything like this, it’s amazingly funny in all ways! Don’t go into reading this book with the expectations of a realistic and “good” storyline, but that absolutely doesn’t make this book less enjoyable!
I love love LOVE “A bad day for Voodoo”!!!
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Author of a bunch of demented books, including PRESSURE, DWELLER, A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO, WOLF HUNT, SINGLE WHITE PSYCHOPATH SEEKS SAME, BENJAMIN'S PARASITE, FANGBOY, THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE, and lots of others. Four-time Bram Stoker Award finalist. Four-time Bram Stoker Award loser. Ten-time Bram Stoker Award Master of Ceremonies.
“I cursed. (S-word, f-word, s-word, d-word, s-word times three, f-word, and a z-word I made up on the spot.)
I kicked a brick wall.
I said the z-word again in response to the pain that came from kicking a brick wall.”
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